William Whitaker Crowned the Hickstead Derby 2016 Champion
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William Whitaker claimed the title of Hickstead Derby Champion following a magnificent performance riding 13 year-old chestnut gelding Glenavadra Brilliant. They were the only combination in the field of 28 to not have a fence down. They did pick up a one time penalty for being just over the allowed time of 180 seconds, but that did not matter in the end
The 26 year-old Yorkshireman became the third member, after Michael and John, of Britain's most recognised showjumping family to be crowned the champion at the West Sussex arena.
Last year William was runner-up behind Irelands Trevor Breen. This year three riders shared that spot, Irishmen Richard Howley (Chinook) and Billy Twomey (Diaghilev) and British rider Harriet Nuttall all finishing on four faults.
Discussing his win William said: ' I am obviously delighted. It's one of the classes I've always really, really wanted to win.
"I am pleased with my horse. He has always knocked on the door, and been second in numerous other derbies around Europe, so to finally get the win today, I'm really pleased.
"The more times you ride the course the better it is because the more experience you get.
"He is a strong and scopey horse, and he's got a lot of stamina. When he jumped the last fence he almost felt as if he could have done it again. I always hoped he would win a derby."
Image with thanks to K2photographic
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June 30, 2016 | Share: